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Porsche mourns the death of Eberhard Mahle

The team at Porsche is mourning the death of Eberhard Mahle, the former racing driver who died on 21 December at the age of 88.

Eberhard Mahle was European Hill Climb Champion in 1966 and the first driver to take an international title in a Porsche 911. Mahle, who was born on 7 January 1933, had petrol in his blood. The first Mahle high-performance pistons were tested in the Porsche 356 in the early 1950s. From then on, the Mahle company became an original equipment manufacturer for Porsche. Mahle began riding motorcycles and driving cars as a teenager and in 1954 he began his racing career with a DKW 3=6 at the Solitude Rally, where he won his class. Petrol in his blood Mahle, who was born on 7 January 1933, had petrol in his blood. The first Mahle high-performance pistons were tested in the Porsche 356 in the early 1950s. From then on, the Mahle company became an original equipment manufacturer for Porsche.

Eberhard Mahle and his 1965 911

The other tracks suited the driver and vehicle much better: lots of bends, lots of heavy braking, lots of acceleration. “And a good driver can compensate for any performance deficit on such tracks,” he once said.

Impressions from Eberhard Mahle's racing career

The Swabian driver won all the other races in the GT class with the exception of the finale on the Gaisberg, where he collided with a guardrail before getting out and surveying the damage. No drama: “I already had an unassailable lead in the European championship before the Gaisberg.” He knew the road up the mountains around Salzburg very well from races before his European Championship year. “A very, very twisty and extremely difficult route to drive,” he said, before adding “Actually, it's a pity that I didn't finish that race.”

“That was my greatest success,” said Mahle. “Especially because all the experts said you will never win it like that.”

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